Monday, March 22, 2010

What Mess?

I'm the messiest neat freak that you'll ever find. I love to clean and organize and sort. My problem is that I don't like to maintain the cleanliness. I like to wait until it is a big mess again and then attack with a German Blitz method. I literally have a hard time stopping once I get started. Which is probably why I take so long to do it again.

Unfortunately I use this method in other areas of my life as well. In my Bible studies I tend to cram it all in once per week instead of reading the recommended amount per day. I'd rather exercise for an hour three times per week than thirty minutes every day. I cook three to four meals on Monday and skip cooking the rest of the week.

These aren't necessarily bad things. At least I'm getting them done right? And I have found that I'm more adaptable than others because I'm used to cramming things in and can adjust when things don't go as scheduled.

Here are a few tips I've found that have helped me get back into routine after I clean up London (see Blitz reference above):

1) Break it down into small tasks. Instead of cleaning "the kitchen" I'll just decide to clean "the sink". That way I feel less pressure to continue after said sink is sparkling.

2) Take a Sabbath. I make sure I plan ahead for my down time so that I don't feel guilty just being a couch potato after I vacuum and Febreeze said couch.

3) Have a support person/group. For both my Bible study and exercise plans, I have accountability groups to keep me going. Sure I may still cram things in at the last minute but I'm getting them done and aiming for more consistency. As for cleaning, see above cartoon if you think getting the spouse to help me clean is possible. Oh he is great at helping but he has his own schedule and I just take his help whenever I can get it. On the other hand I've really gotten used to using, um teaching, the kids the importance of keeping their areas clean. My nagging, I mean inspiring them to clean their living space will go a long way in the future.

So there you have it. I hope that helps you with your spiritual and non-spiritual disciplines. Feel free to add any others that you find helpful.

Until Everyone Hears,

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